Team Recap: 38th-seeded ’71-’72 California Golden Seals

The 38th-seeded '71-'72 California Golden Seals

The 38th-seeded ’71-’72 California Golden Seals

  • Ivan Boldirev (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   1 P   -1   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Wayne Carleton (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even*   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lyle Carter (G)
    • 3 GP   1 GS   0-2-0   3.00 GAA   .903 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars   (Became starter after Game 3)
  • Norm Ferguson (RW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   5* A   7* P   -9   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Stan Gilbertson (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   7 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ernie Hicke (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marshall Johnston (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joey Johnston (LW)
    • 4 G   0 G   1 A   1 P   -9   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Reggie Leach (RW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   0 A   2 P   -1   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bert Marshall (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Walt McKechnie (C)
    • 4 GP   2* G   0 A   2 P   -3   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gilles Meloche (G)
    • 4 GP   3 GS   0-2-0   5.00 GAA   .899 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars   (Was benched for Game 4)
  • Don O’Donoghue (RW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gerry Pinder (LW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   2 A   4 P   -1   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dick Redmond (D)
    • 4 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   -10   28* S   0 GWG   6* PIM   2* Stars
  • Bobby Sheehan (C)
    • 4 GP   2* G   4 A   6 P   -9   24 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2* Stars
  • Paul Shmyr (D)
    • 4 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Stewart (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Carol Vadnais (D)
    • 4 GP   2* G   3 A   5 P   -10   17 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tommy Williams (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 16
  • Goals/Game: 4.00 – Second highest for a team that didn’t win a series
  • Goals Allowed: 29
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 7.25 – Second highest in tournament
  • Shots: 157
  • Shots Allowed: 439
  • Shots/Game: 39.3
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 73.0 – Second highest in tournament
  • # of PP’s: 13
  • PPG’s: 2
  • PP%: 15.4%
  • TSH: 5
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 60.0% – 5th lowest in tournament
  • Penalties in minutes: 12

The Golden Seals franchise was known for being bad, having white skates and for being bad. They, of course, wore white skates because their owner also was the owner of the Oakland Athletics and decided to carry over the tradition to the hockey team, for the ’71-’72 season. The franchise began as the Oakland Seals, but changed to the California Golden Seals starting in ’70-’71.

First Round:

Swept by 27th-seeded ’82-’83 Minnesota North Stars, 4-0

The ’71-’72 Golden Seals started the season out 0-1-2 and fired their head coach, Fred Glover. Wow. Anyway, they replaced him with Vic Stasiuk and went 21-38-16 under him for a finished record of 21-39-18, which was “good” for 60 points and 6th in the West Division, ahead of only the Los Angeles Kings. Actually was a 15 point improvement from the previous year. California was middle of the road offensively, seventh among 14 teams. They scored 216 goals (2.77/game) and allowed 288 goals (3.69/game), which was fourth-worst in the league. Hockey Reference ranked the Seals’ strength of schedule as fourth-toughest in the league and their SRS rating (-0.86) put them as the fourth-worst team that season. That -0.86 rating is actually the third-best in Seals history, lol. Oh and yeah, they didn’t make the playoffs.

California actually had some nice offensive balance for a bad team. 12 different players were in double digits for goals and Gerry Pinder led the team with only 23. Close behind him was Bobby Sheehan with 20. 22-year-old defenseman Dick Redmond tallied a team-high 35 assists while Pinder was second with 31 apples himself. With 54 total points, Pinder led the Golden Seals in overall scoring. Sheehan was second with 46 points while Redmond was a close third with 45. Nasty defenseman Paul Shmyr, who was a three-time All-Star in the World Hockey Association, led the team in penalties in minutes at 156. The goaltending was handled most of the time by newly acquired, 21-year-old Gilles Meloche. He appeared in 56 games and posted a record of 16-25-13 with a 3.33 goals against average. The backup job was split between Lyle Carter and Gary Kurt who appeared in 15 and 16 games, respectively. Meloche was tied with Redmond for the highest Point Share for California, which estimates the number of points contributed by each player.

Up next are the 37th-seeded ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers!

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